Brain Allopregnanolone in the Fetal and Postnatal Rat in Response to Uteroplacental Insufficiency
Kerryn T Westcott, Jonathan J Hirst, Isabella Ciurej, David W Walker, Mary E Wlodek
NEUROENDOCRINOLOGY | KARGER | Published : 2008
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Allopregnanolone suppresses central nervous system activity and has neuroprotective actions in hypoxia-induced brain injury. In pregnant sheep allopregnanolone concentrations are high during fetal life and decline rapidly after birth. We investigated brain allopregnanolone concentrations of fetal and postnatal rats derived from normal and growth restricted pregnancies. METHODS: Bilateral uterine vessel ligation (or sham) was performed at gestation day 18 to induce uteroplacental insufficiency in WKY rats (n = 7-8 per group). Brain allopregnanolone was measured by radioimmunoassay at 2 study ages, gestation day 20 (n = 6 per group) and postnatal day 6 (n = 6-8 per group), fro..View full abstract
Funding for this project was provided to M.E.W. by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.